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    Living with the Dead: Ancestor Worship and Mortuary Ritual in Ancient Egypt (Paperback) By (author) Nicola Harrington

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    DescriptionLiving with the Dead presents a detailed analysis of ancestor worship in Egypt, using a diverse range of material, both archaeological and anthropological, to examine the relationship between the living and the dead. Iconography and terminology associated with the deceased reveal indistinct differences between the blessedness and malevolence and that the potent spirit of the dead required constant propitiation in the form of worship and offerings. A range of evidence is presented for mortuary cults that were in operation throughout Egyptian history and for the various places, such as the house, shrines, chapels and tomb doorways, where the living could interact with the dead. The private statue cult, where images of individuals were venerated as intermediaries between people and the Gods is also discussed. Collective gatherings and ritual feasting accompanied the burial rites with separate, mortuary banquets serving to maintain ongoing ritual practices focusing on the deceased. Something of a contradiction in attitudes is expressed in the evidence for tomb robbery, the reuse of tombs and funerary equipment and the ways in which communities dealt with the death and burial of children and others on the fringe of society. This significant study furthers our understanding of the complex relationship the ancient Egyptians had with death and with their ancestors; both recently departed and those in the distant past.

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    Living with the Dead
    Ancestor Worship and Mortuary Ritual in Ancient Egypt
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicola Harrington
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 242 mm
    Height: 172 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9781842174937
    ISBN 10: 1842174932

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: HDDG
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JHBZ
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: SOC036000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 55
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAE
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 393.0932
    DC23: 393.0932
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    LC classification: BL2450.F8 H37 2013
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    Illustrations note
    75 colour & b/w illustrations,
    Oxbow Books
    Imprint name
    Oxbow Books
    Publication date
    31 December 2012
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